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  • Yeah, my one problem with the quiz was that, for 8, none of them are proper answers for me--"Mary" and "marry" sound the same for me, but "merry" sounds completely different ("Marr-ee for both "Mary" and "marry", whereas "merry" sounds exactly as it looks, "merr-ee"), as opposed to the closest in this quiz, which is "Mary" and "merry" sounding the same.

    Doesn't really matter, considering I'm a Philadelphian midland regardless. Too bad my voice sounds like hands on a chalkboard, or I'd be great for talk radio.

    Alsius
    1
  • ZetsuGirl 13, "Whom made this quiz?" would be incorrect. You would reply "He/she made this quiz," not "him/her made this quiz." But the second example you gave was correct (the next speaker is she; just try reversing it to "she is the next speaker.")

    That being said, mine was pretty accurate. Though I am from deep south Texas (as in the southernmost tip, down near the border with Mexico, not far from the Gulf), I have been told that I do not sound like I am from here.

    That much is true, as I speak English and not some mish-mash of Spanglish, improper grammer, and neologisms.

    [b][ url=[no urls]]What American accent do you have?[/url][/b]

    Yo ur Result: [b]The Northeast[/b]

    Judg ing by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

    [i]Result Breakdown:[/i]
    66% The Northeast
    66% Philadelphia
    62% Boston
    52% The Inland North
    50% North Central
    38% The South
    36% The West
    30% The Midland

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    MaggiErisian
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  • Your Result: The Midland

    "You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

    ...Um, ha, no offense to the Americans, cause I love Americans, I want to move to the U.S. sometime when I get older...But, I'm Canadian!...So, I basically just took this quiz for no reason...Lol...But, yea, I probably don't have an accent:P

    crazzy77girl
    1
  • I think this quiz is a bit remiss in not classifying Southern California and culturally similar areas of the Southwest, like Vegas and Phoenix, as having its own pattern of speech.

    I'm a lifelong San Diegan, and when I travel, most people in the Midwest, and especially in the South, guess that I'm from Southern California from my speech alone.

    Some of my friends from around the country have found me unintelligible at times =)... like when I referred to a certain highway in Indianapolis as "the 70 freeway" and told a friend to "flip a b----" when we got lost.

    nb619
    1
  • I hate to correct ALL of you guys, but we don't have "accents," we have "regionalisms." Foreign people have accents. Now, for those of you who don't think that you "sound" like the quiz says you do, you are probably not quite able to answer these questions with real accuracy because you think that you pronounce words in a different manner.For example, don't we all HATE how we sound on a taped message of ourselves????? We NEVER sound like that..... Our perceptions of ourselves can sometimes be quite different. Sorry to bore you, but I have a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. SUNY Albany, '76. Yup--upstate New York--and the quiz nailed it.

    Speaks
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  • What American accent do you have?
    Your Result: The Northeast
    100%

    Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

    87% Philadelphia
    85% The Inland North
    60% The Midland
    54% The South
    44% Boston
    18% The West
    2% North Central
    Im australian lol

    Xxmcr4lyfXD
    1
  • "Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta."

    Yep. Born and raised in California, only ever been out of the state to go to Reno, Nevada. Very accurate!

    Viverrinus
    1
  • It said "80% West" ha born and raised in Hollywood Cali

    Here's what they wrote'...

    "Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta."

    **I moved to Atlanta 3 years ago funny they actually threw that in.

    PyrexHoarder
    1
  • What American accent do you have?
    Your Result: The Midland 77%

    " You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

    74%
    Philad elphia 68%
    The South 57%
    The Inland North 50%
    The Northeast 43%
    Nor th Central 42%
    Bosto n 32%
    The West
    Well... -_-

    Mr Sark
    1
  • What American accent do you have?
    Your Result: Philadelphia 93%

    Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard.

    90% The Midland
    77% The South
    70% The Inland North
    67% The Northeast
    33% The West
    31% Boston
    15% North Central

    i'm from the south actually, but i agree with this quiz 100% because iv'e been told i don't sound southern (and no offense, but i'm happy about that)

    redxx
    1
  • I spent the first 30 years of my life in central Mass, then I moved to Ohio. My father was extremely persistant about enunciating correctly and he would correct anyone around him who would drop their "R" and put it where it did not belong. I have a bit of that in me as well. When people I work with ask for an ink-pen... I reply with,as opposed to a pen with chocolate syrup? It's not really where we are brought up, but how we are taught to speak that makes the difference.

    katimae
    1
  • "I object to question #8; the answer that applies to me isn't there.

    "Mary" and "marry" sound the same, while "merry" is different; the quiz only has "merry" and "Mary" sounding the same."

    Exactly. Also, this has me pegged as having a "Boston" accent. Whoever made this apparently has no idea what a Boston accent sounds like. "Pahk the cah at Hahvud Yahd" is the stereotypical example of what a Boston accent sounds like. Being from New Hampshire, the first time I met someone with a Boston accent I thought she grew up on a ranch.

    THE INTERNET
    1
  • You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio

    I live in the south, actually. And thank god I don't have an accent. I'm hard enough to understand b/c I talk so rapidly and mutter a lot.

    TaliaBEth1234
    1
  • My Result: The West by 96%

    Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

    The Midland by 90%
    Boston by 50%
    North Central by 46%
    The South by 38%
    The Inland North by 4%
    Philadelphia by 0%
    The Northeast by 0%

    Well, I did live in Florida most of my life. So yeah, that's right. :) :D

    Elaine Evans
    1
  • It got me exactly right, and I would agree with what it said. I am from the Pacific Northwest originally, and currently from California, and have always felt that natives of that area speak what I would call "standard American English." I have lived in New York and traveled around the country, so I have listened to a lot of regional accents. The comment on the quiz said that I was from the West, and that we had what would be considered the most "accentless" speech. I agree.

    SharonToji
    1
  • What American accent do you have?
    Your Result: The Northeast

    Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

    The Inland North
    Philadelphia
    The South
    The Midland
    Boston
    North Central
    The West

    Katara Waters
    1
  • WOW!! It's like they know me. I'm actually from Houston, not Dallas or Atlanta, but yeah, we talk kind of normally compared to other southern states.

    What American accent do you have?
    Your Result: The West

    Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

    magegirl
    1
  • "Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Connecticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would probably be able to tell if they actually heard you speak."

    I did ths for fun but honestly, as an RP standard English speaker from the UK (Scotland). Seems like New England really is New England in linguistic terms.

    Zugbach
    1
  • What American accent do you have?
    Your Result: The West

    Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

    The Midland
    Boston
    The South
    North Central
    The Inland North
    The Northeast
    Philadelphia

    Thunder77
    1
  • I got Northeast which is completely wrong, except that the quiz asks "Which 'American' accent do you have".

    Well if Northeast American sounds the same as Australian then maybe it's correct? (I think you fellers swear a lot more than we do though hey? ;-)

    I'm seventh generation Aussie and have been told I have a "country" (Australian) accent but I think this quiz is really specifically for Americans.

    To be international it'd need to be considerably more in depth, so perhaps I'm butting in where I shouldn't?

    TjT
    1
  • Midland?!? I was born and raised in the South...the REAL south, not like Maryland... :-) I've lived in TN and GA my entire life--I've only been west of the Mississippi twice in 40-something years!! There's not much "Midland" about me.

    I think this test sometimes is more a test of whether you learned diction...my father (a Yankee) and my mother (lifelong Southerner) were also both extremely intelligent and well-spoken, and they did not allow their five children to learn or engage in sloppy speaking habits...

    sm4him
    1
  • Well, I got Midlands, but I am from Minnesota, born and raised, then at 25 to mid/central coast of California for maybe 20 years, then to Arizona... I have relatives from West Virginia, however we don't keep in touch well. Hmmm.... I like regionalisms, and wouldn't knowingly change my accent for anyone! Unless I am imitating a cockney lass!

    RevMags
    1
  • This was great, but I got the West (which is close but not quite). My accent is actually a slight Northern Cities Vowel Shift. It would be fascinating to add that to your quiz. It's the first vowel shift since the Great Vowel Shift hundreds of years ago (the date is not precise). I'm from Cleveland, but Chicago and other Great Lakes cities are included. For instance, top might be pronounced tap. There's a great Slate article about it.

    Bhnnad
    1
  • I was born and raised in New England, CT and MASS; I have an accent that peels paint off of wood at 40 paces, and this quiz thinks I'm from accent-less Missouri? I "pahk" my "kah", and the word "chair" has two distinctive syllables, as does "there" and "here". I don't know if I should laugh or cry: I now live in California and often need a translator when talking ("tawk-eng") with the locals: sorry, but this Quiz is pointless.

    joybagg
    1
  • I have never lived anywhere but the south, and mine came out 94% Northeast, most likely New York, which is kinda hilarious because for the last 35+ years in Sucks Carolina, every time I speak to someone new, the first thing I get is some version of "where are you from,up nawth somewhere?" Which is actually really annoying after awhile. Wouldn't be so bad if they'd let it drop, but nooooo, idiot people have to keep on and on trying to get me to tell them the "truth" about where I'm really from.

    roachiesmom
    1

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